Toro NYC

Toro NYC

We’ve eaten at the famous Toro Boston and were thrilled to find out Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette were opening a New York outpost of their Barcelona-style tapas bar.  And bonus, this one takes reservations!  In Boston, we waited a couple of hours to get in but enjoyed ourselves immensely once we did.  It was packed – a lively and hopping scene.  They are famous for being locavores and Adam Platt gives Toro NYC cred … Continue reading

Tavernita, Chicago

Spanish, Tapas, Latin Restaurant, Notable Chef http://www.tavernita.com/ 151 West Erie – River North The decor at Tavernita is very NYC. It was the first place we really felt that vibe in Chicago. It was a bit more about being chic, which is neither an insult or a compliment. It was just different. Of course we felt at home there immediately! We’d spent the day chowing down at The Publican AND Avec, so Tavernita was up … Continue reading

Salinas

Salinas

Just a day before Adam Platt’s review of Salinas came out, I had booked reservations at Salinas. We were doing a Saturday afternoon Chelsea gallery jaunt and wanted to eat nearby. Lucky for us, I booked before the review rush.  He awarded it one star; two for the food and minus one for the ‘suburban atmosphere’.  I was a bit leery of the suburban atmosphere comment.  How bad could it be? We walked into a … Continue reading

Txikito

Txikito

Txikito is a very convenient spot if you are doing an afternoon of Chelsea gallery hopping. It’s in a rather strange little strip mall, but the decor is actually pretty cool. It is that all-too-familiar-these-days reclaimed wood thing. Ceiling included. It has a cool blue mural in the back and a tiny bar up front. They serve Pork Slap on tap. That’s a first! Txikito, pronounced ‘chic-kee-toe’ is a Basque (Spanish) restaurant specializing in the … Continue reading

Gastroarte (formerly Graffit) – CLOSED

Spanish http://www.graffitrestaurant.com/home.html 141 West 69th St. – Upper West Side The new hot spot has gotten quite a bit of press of late. The chef, Jesus Nunez is a native Spaniard who was a rather famous graffiti artist in Spain. The decor reflects his somewhat elegant graffiti style and the food is artfully presented. Unfortunately for Jesus, I think he should stick to the graffiti. We had a great time, however, my Dad was in … Continue reading